Crossville hosts Congressman for private plant tour

Crossville, Inc. recently hosted Congressman (her title preference) Diane Black for a tour of the company’s tile manufacturing facilities. Congressman Black, U.S. representative for Tennessee’s 6th congressional district of which Crossville, Tenn. is a part, requested the opportunity to tour the plant following a meeting with the Tile Council of North America regarding import and trade issues. Crossville’s executive vice president of sales and marketing Mark Shannon and vice president of manufacturing Sam Dryden hosted the congressman’s private tour, sharing perspectives for the company and the domestic tile industry and answering her questions regarding the domestic tile business in Tennessee.
Shannon recapped Congressman Black’s visit to Crossville: “It was a great tour; I think manufacturing or engineering could be a second career for this congressman! She dove right into the process and had a great eye for the product.”

Congressman Diane  Black with Crossville's Sam Dryden (c.) and Mark Shannon.

Congressman Diane Black with Crossville’s Sam Dryden (c.) and Mark Shannon.


2016 TISE West: Surfaces/StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas/TileExpo online attendee registration is now open


Attendee online registration for Las Vegas 2016 is now officially open for The International Surface Event (TISE).  The International Surface Event- SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas | TileExpo is four impressive days of the newest products, hands-on demos, inspiring trends, key manufacturers, industry suppliers, along with education and networking for the floor covering, tile and stone industries.  Industry professionals attending The International Surface Event 2016, exhibits occurring January 20-22 and education January 19-22, will experience a new line up of revenue-generating and engaging events and activities, alongside all their previous show favorites.

For prime selection of events, activities and education sessions at TISE 2016, attendees are encouraged to register early.  Online registration is available at, where information is accessible 24/7.  Attendees can choose a Design & Construction Week® Pass to include all the benefits of The International Surface Event, as well as gain access to three related industry shows.  For participating Design & Construction Week® events, dates and information, visit

“We are excited to host the global floor covering, stone and tile professional community at The International Surface Event 2016.  Attendees are expected from across the entire United States and over 90 countries in the world“, says Amie Gilmore, Show Director for The International Surface Event.  “Additionally, our second annual partnership with Design & Construction Week® will offer a unique expanded opportunity to view products and services for remodeling professionals.”


TISE Living Magazine is a new twist to a favorite show floor feature, THE TRENDS HUB. In 2016, the Trends Hub is modernizing into a sleek, modern “Living Magazine”. Attendees will have the experience of taking a 3D walk through a magazine experience featuring the forecasted trends and colors for interiors for 2016/2017, product samples, and interactive social media and trends sessions.

Founded in 1915, Mannington Mills, Inc., based in Salem, New Jersey (USA) will be hosting the Mannington 100 Year Celebration at TISE 2016.  As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of luxury flooring and producer of residential and commercial sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl, laminate, hardwood and porcelain tile floors, as well as commercial carpet and rubber, Mannington is committed to quality, customer satisfaction and the environment.

TISE announces the new IGNITE Education Program.  At the forefront of the event, this unique educational participants offers proven strategies for increasing a company’s profitability and productivity.  Participants will learn best practices and the latest technology to help increase their bottom line and network with industry leaders and get answers to the challenges faced in their business.  Carefully crafted into the program are courses to assist industry professionals in navigating and targeting key growth areas for their business.


Attendees may choose from multiple registration exhibit and education packages at TISE 2016 in Las Vegas.  Members of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), the Marble Institute of America (MIA), National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and supporting organizations of Design & Construction Week (DCW) may take advantage of discounted registration and conference pricing.  Full details and pricing can be found on the registration page of the show website.

Exhibits Registration includes unlimited access to the Exhibit Hall and on floor education. Also included is access to the bonus education options, if listed as free. Members receive discounted fare.

Exhibits + IGNITE Education registration includes full IGNITE Education Program, plus unlimited access to the exhibit hall and on floor education.  Also included is access to the Bonus Education options, if listed as free.  Advance prices offer discounts for members.

VIP Package Options are also available for Exhibit and Exhibits + IGNITE Education Program registrants.  The packages include unlimited access to the exhibit hall including an exclusive half hour advance entry to the hall, VIP credentials, VIP lounge access, shuttle bus pass, and a swag bag.  Also included is access to the bonus education options, if listed as free.  Members received discounted advance prices over nonmembers.

Design & Construction Week® Pass includes access to TISE exhibit halls, all on-floor education/demonstrations plus access to IBS, KBIS, and IWCE January 19-21.  Design & Construction Week® Pass + IGNITE Education includes the same benefits as Design & Construction Week™ Pass plus full TISE IGNITE education program admission.

Pricing for each package will increase after December 4 through January 18, 2016 and again for on-site registration, January 19 through January 22.  There are also various other educational opportunities available as package add-ons; additional fees may apply. Visit for more information.


With an estimated 110,000 people traveling to Las Vegas for Design & Construction Week®, attendees are encouraged to book their hotel accommodations early. The official housing vendor of TISE 2016 is onPeak. To take advantage of discounted hotel rates and exclusive Official Hotel perks for TISE 2016, visit

For information on exhibiting at or attending The International Surface Event 2016 in Las Vegas, visit, call 800.547.3477 or email [email protected].

About The International Surface Event (TISE)
The International Surface Event, comprised of SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas, and TileExpo, was formed in 2014, creating an opportunity for industry professionals from all sides of the flooring, stone and tile spectrum to meet, interface and collaborate in one place.

SURFACES is the largest North American event serving the floor covering industry, bringing together buyers and sellers from all over the world to see the latest floor covering products, tools, services and technologies.  The official sponsor of SURFACES is the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), representing floorcovering retailers, contractors and allied service providers throughout North America.

StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas is THE event for stone industry professional and is home of the MIA annual meeting.  The official sponsors are the Marble Institute of America (MIA) and Natural Stone Council (NSC).  Marble Institute of America’s (MIA) mission is to promote the use of natural stone and serve as the world’s most authoritative natural stone information resource.   Natural Stone Council (NSC), home of the Genuine Stone® brand, is the leader in the stone industry that represents major associations committed to promotion and education of the industry and general public of the value and benefits of natural stone.

TileExpo is the newest tile industry event in the United States serving distributors, retailers, installers, builders and design professionals. TileExpo brings together buyers and sellers from all over the world to see the latest tile products, tools, services and technologies.  Official Sponsors of TileExpo are Ceramic Tile Education Foundation and National Tile Contractors Association.  Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) is an educational institution that offers local, regional, and national training programs for consumers, installers, construction professionals, architects, designers, building inspectors and sales associates interested in the sales and installation of ceramic tile.

For more information on The International Surface Event, SURFACES, StoneExpo/Marmomacc Americas, TileExpo, or their sponsors and partners, please visit

MIA releases new “From the Quarry to the Kitchen” Video

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) recently released the From the Quarry to the Kitchen video. This educational video, presented in an easily-accessible, consumer-friendly format, features all new content and offers a behind-the-scenes look at where natural stone comes from and how it is used. The video is ideal for showroom displays and is perfect for sharing on company websites and social media. It provides “beneficial information on the entire process, from how natural stone is quarried, cut, and installed, to how it adds beauty and value to your home,” said Carol Payto of Mont Granite, where portions of the video were filmed.

From the Quarry to the Kitchen reflects current stone trends and highlights natural stone’s availability and affordability. “Consumers are always interested in learning where their natural stone comes from,” added Stephanie Guilfoyle, MIA Controller and Office Manager.  “It is fascinating for them to see the journey each stone takes before becoming part of their home.”

From the Quarry to the Kitchen is available for purchase through the MIA Bookstore and is available to non-members. MIA members receive preferred pricing and can order customized versions that feature their company logo as well as an encoded social media file. For more information on availability and pricing, visit


MIA Honors AKDO as Educator of the Year for CEU Program

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) recently honored AKDO as “CEU Educator of the Year” for presenting the most MIA CEU classes in 2014. 19 speakers from the Bridgeport, CT, company presented 61 classes, with a total of 747 attendees. CEU class topics included:

·         Natural Stone 101: Everything You Need to Know about the World’s Oldest Building Material

·         Natural Stone & Green Design

·         Marble Use in the Kitchen

·         Stone Care: What You Should Know

MIA's Sarah Gregg presents a certificate to Diane Hayden, AKDO's showroom supervisor. AKDO was named MIA's CEU Educator of the Year for 2014.

MIA’s Sarah Gregg presents a certificate to Diane Hayden, AKDO’s showroom supervisor. AKDO was named MIA’s CEU Educator of the Year for 2014.

MIA CEU classes are designed for architects, designers, and construction professionals to gain continuing education credits to satisfy yearly requirements set by associations including AIA, IDCEC, LACES, NKBA, and GBCI.

Robert Bacon (Daltile), chair of MIA’s CEU Education Committee, said: “Congratulations to AKDO for leading the continuing education charge in 2014. In fully embracing MIA’s CEU program, AKDO has illustrated a true understanding of the mutual benefits available through this program.”

Diane Hayden, AKDO’s showroom supervisor, stated: “AKDO strives to be a go-to source for information about natural stone, and partnering with MIA helps us accomplish our goals. It’s exciting to work with MIA. There is a constant flow of new information and research that benefits our entire industry, and AKDO is grateful for that.”

MIA’s CEU program benefits the natural stone industry as well as the architecture, design, and construction communities. “The general goal is to help these professionals become more knowledgeable on stone and its uses for building and design,” said Sarah Gregg, MIA CEU Administrator. “They become better equipped to answer consumer questions regarding stone. The CEU class attendees are more likely to promote and specify stone for future installations.” Bacon agrees: “Promoting the proper use of genuine stone in construction projects is vital for the continued success of the stone industry.”

Hayden spoke highly about the benefits of joining the MIA CEU speaker’s bureau: “Participating in the speaker’s bureau has resulted in stronger relationships with the designers, architects, and industry professionals we work with day-to-day, because they know we can help with their stone questions.”

For more information about MIA’s CEU program, and to learn how to join the speaker’s bureau or schedule a presentation, please visit


About MIA:

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) has served as the authoritative source of information on standards of natural stone workmanship and practice and the application of natural stone products for 70 years. Membership in the association is worldwide and includes over 1,700 natural stone producers, exporters/importers, distributors/wholesalers, fabricators, finishers, installers, and industry suppliers in 55 countries committed to the highest standards of workmanship and ethics. MIA offers an industry accreditation program for fabricators and installers, markets a range of technical publications and consumer pamphlets on natural stone, sponsors business and technical meetings and seminars on industry-related topics, provides educational programming for architects and construction specification professionals, and conducts the annual Pinnacle Awards competitions recognizing outstanding natural stone projects worldwide. More information can be found on the association’s website:


American Olean hosts series of distributor roadshows across the country

 This spring, American Olean took customer service to new heights with a series of distributor roadshows across the country. Held over the past several months in cities such as Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany, Boise, and Dallas, these roadshows served as an ideal opportunity to not only showcase the latest collections, but also to celebrate and introduce American Olean’s new positioning, “Proven in Tile,” as part of the re-launch of the Dal-Tile Family of brands.

During these events, distributors learned about the strategy behind the brand development process, while receiving an exclusive look at the new face of American Olean, the indisputable brand of choice for commercial architects, interior designers and contractors whose reputations depend on the relentless pursuit of excellence and relevancy in both form and function.

American Olean was especially pleased to have had the opportunity to introduce the new spring collection, including Fusion Cotto, an old-world cotto look, Creekwood, a handsome wood look, Historic Bridge, a weathered wood look, and Entourage, a multi-dimensional glass tile and glass & stone blends mosaic collection.

For more information on new products and more, visit

About American Olean
Founded in 1923, American Olean is an established manufacturer of an extensive array of quality tile products.  Through an appealing selection and a trusted network of industry professionals, American Olean empowers the creative visions of residential and commercial design and construction.  For more information, visit and follow American Olean on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Houzz and Pinterest.

Daltile is featured on Fox’s HOME FREE

Daltile is participating in FOX’s bold new competition series HOME FREE, which premiered July 22, 2015 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT). Nine deserving couples vying to win their dream home will be challenged to revive one run-down home every Wednesday night. Famed professional contractor Mike Holmes (of Holmes on Homes®) will present the couples with tasks to test the skills of these do-it-yourself enthusiasts. The couples not only must work together to restore the home, they must all live together in the same dilapidated worksite. Daltile product is being regularly featured during the show’s inaugural season.

 “We are very excited to be a part of HOME FREE’s first season,” said Kim Albrecht, senior brand marketing manager at Daltile. “We are confident that our extensive tile and stone offerings will provide the contestants with myriad installation options and we look forward to seeing all the creative ways the tile will be used.”

 Visit for additional information, videos and more, and visit to “shop the show” and browse Daltile’s wide array of surfacing options. 

HOST Exhibition in Milan Partners with ASID and IDC to Bring Twenty North American Interior Designers to 2015 Expo

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is pleased to announce that HOST 2015, taking place in Milan, Italy October 23 – 27, 2015, has partnered with ASID and the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) to bring 20 interior designers from North America to the show. Those who are accepted to attend will have their airfare, accommodations, and registration fees covered by HOST.

HOST is an international hospitality exhibition in its 39th year that features more than 1,800 exhibitors from 48-plus countries showcasing products suitable for hotels, restaurants, and related hospitality businesses. Unique to this year’s event, HOST overlaps with Expo Milano 2015, which has been running since May 1 and concludes on October 31. The theme of this year’s Expo Milano is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. Attendees and exhibitors will be talking about food, health, well-being, innovation, and technology with the goal of securing a more sustainable future for our planet.

“HOST is the exhibition to attend if the focus of your work is hospitality,” says Simona Greco, exhibition director of HOST. “Over five days at the fair, you will meet with the world’s most prominent industry manufacturers and suppliers and learn about the latest technologies and trends hitting the marketplace.”

HOST will select 20 interior designers (10 from ASID and 10 from IDC) to participate, and will pay their travel, accommodation, and registration expenses. A sophisticated Expo Matching System will be used to schedule participant meetings with exhibitors to ensure that attendees’ time at the Fair allows them access to the companies most relevant to their businesses.

Randy Fiser, ASID CEO, and Susan Wiggins, IDC CEO, will attend the Fair with the delegation and will participate in meetings regarding international collaboration with the hospitality sector. “We are very excited about this unique opportunity that allows us to promote North American hospitality designers while creating a unique opportunity for those designers to immerse themselves in an international expo specifically related to hospitality,” says Fiser.

To apply for your spot to travel with the North American delegation, please complete and return the application form to [email protected] with HOST in the subject line no later than Friday, July 31.  Decisions will be announced the following week, and travel arrangements will be made no later than August 15.

Contact [email protected] with questions or concerns.

About ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks, and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidenced-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.

ASID was founded 40 years ago when two organizations became one, but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are leading the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big, and of the places we live with the places we work, play, and heal. Learn more at

About HOST: More than 1,800 exhibitors will attend HOST 2015, 40 percent of whom come from outside Italy. They will occupy space in 14 pavilions (2 more than in 2013), and will come into contact with more than 140,000 trade professionals and more than 1,500 hosted buyers selected from all over the world. This year, there’s another important reason to visit Host Milano. In fact, this time, the hospitality trade fair coincides with the last few days of Expo Milano 2015, devoted to the theme of food, and being staged in an area next to the fairground, until October 31. It offers a unique chance to gain insight into the most interesting trends on a global scale, in addition to networking and doing business with other international trade professionals. Learn more about HOST.

About IDC: IDC is the professional association for interior designers in Canada. IDC’s mandate is to advance the profession of interior design across Canada as well as internationally. It does so through advocacy with government and the public, and by providing continuing education opportunities and business practice support services to members. For more information on IDC, please visit

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Ceramic Tile And Stone Consultants (CTaSC) launches new website

San Diego, CA – August 19, 2015 – Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants, Inc. (CTaSC) announces the launch of their new website.  The website address is the same, but the content, features and resources have greatly improved.

The updated CTaSC website uses cutting edge technology to feature an extensive menu of services including forensic investigations, quality control, testing, training, marketing and business planning, expert witness and more. In addition to its business services, the new CTaSC website provides many resources for companies in the tile and stone industries as well as some for consumers.

The following are some of the resources available:

  • Resource Directory – Manufacturers, fabricators, distributors, installers, associations, and trade publications can fill out an automated form to become part of a free listing of providers of products and services for the tile and stone industries. Once approved, companies that are listed will benefit from CTaSC’s high volume of business and consumer website traffic. List your products and services here:  Resource Listings
  • Industry Statistics – CTaSC provides summaries of industry statistic gathered from published articles and reports giving the visitor a current view of the state of the industry. Go to: Industry Statistics
  • Economic Indicators and Forecasts – CTaSC provides links to key economic resources for quick and easy monitoring of the economy.  Go to: Economic Indicators and Forecasts
  • Industry Research Reports – CTaSC provides a number of industry research reports that provides data and current trends that allows users to evaluate market size, growth potential, end-use markets, profitability, market share, and the competitive environment.  Go to; Industry Research Reports
  • Expert Answers – A great resource for consumers and trade professionals! Over the last 13 years, industry expert and founder of CTaSC, Donato Pompo, has compiled more than 500 questions and answers about tile and stone that have come his way. Questions are organized by category, and new technology allows for topics to be easily searched. Visitors can follow threads of comments and can make their own comments.  There is also a convenient Ask The Expert button on all of the pages and posts to allow the visitor to easily ask their own question if they haven’t found an answer. Go to: Expert Answers
  • Training Services – CTaSC offers customized hands-on and classroom training services, and offers online training through the University of Ceramic Tile and Stone.  Go to: Training Services
  • TileWise Cartoons – CTaSC offers a gallery of TileWise educational cartoons to the industry that can be used to help educate employees and customers with humor.  Go to: TileWise Cartoons
  • Events – Domestic and international industry trade shows are listed chronologically and can be searched for quicker results.  Go to: Events

About CTaSC: Ceramic Tile And Stone Consultants (CTaSC) is a professional consulting company led by industry expert Donato Pompo and made up of accomplished ceramic tile consultants, stone consultants, ceramic tile and stone installers, architects, engineers, general contractors, construction scientists and other industry specialists.  CTaSC provides forensic investigation and inspection services.  CTaSC provides expert witness and other litigation services. CTaSC has local inspectors near most major cities in USA and Canada.  CTaSC provides architectural specifications, quality assurance testing, and quality control inspection services.  CTaSC provides hands-on and online training services.  CTaSC provides business planning and marketing services.  Go to CTaSC Services for more information.

For further information about the CTaSC services please visit or call 886.669.1550

Call for Entries: 14th Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Design

Tile of Spain, the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), has announced an open call for the 14th Tile of Spain Awards competition. The awards honor international excellence in projects with Spanish ceramic tile in three categories: Architecture, Interior Design and Degree Project in Architecture.

Each year, a jury of recognized international architecture and design professionals judgethe awards. Presiding over the 14th edition panel of jurors is Victor López Cotelo, who recently received the 2015 Spanish Architecture Prize. The remainder of the jury includes:

Registration is open and the deadline for submitting entries is October 28th, 2015. To enter, visit The main requirement to participate is that the projects use ceramic tiles made in Spain. The awards have a total prize fund of over $42,500, which will be divided amongst three categories. The two main categories of Architecture and Interior Design are awarded over $15,500 each. Honorable mentions may also be given in both of these categories, according to consideration of the jury. The third category, Degree Project, is aimed at students of architecture, and is awarded over $5,000.

 The rules for the competition and the application form for registration can be found at Information about previous winning projects is also available on the website.


Crossville Sponsors, Provides Tile for the Traditional Home Magazine® 2015 Hampton Designer Show House

Sag Harbor, NY / Crossville, Tenn. – Crossville, Inc. is a sponsor and product supplier for the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse presented by Traditional Home Magazine® and benefiting Southampton Hospital. 2015 marks the 14th year for the Hampton showhouse and associated events, including a gala preview party and more than a month of open house tours for the public. This year’s home is located in Sag Harbor, NY and was built by Christopher Tufo Design & Build.

Trad Home Hampton Designer Showhouse 2015 - 233 Old Sag Harbor Rd in Bridgehampton

Crossville products are featured in three rooms:

Recreation Room
Designed by Melanie Roy Design
Crossville’s Wood Impressions Porcelain Tile (floor)

Pool House Kitchen
Designed by Tyler Steven Pankratz Design
Crossville’s Ready to Wear Porcelain Stone (backsplash)

Main House Kitchen
Designed by Marlaina Teich Designs
Crossville’s Sideview Glass (backsplash)


The Pool House Kitchen features Crossville’s Ready To Wear Porcelain Stone on the backsplash




The Main House Kitchen features Crossville’s Sideview Glass on the backsplash.

While Crossville is mostly known in the commercial segment, we have an active and growing residential design constituency,” explained Lindsey Waldrep, vice president of marketing for Crossville. “It’s opportunities like these that really allow the brand to shine and show how our tile can really elevate the design in today’s upscale homes. ”

The home is open daily to the public for tours now through September 7, 2015.

The Hampton Designer Showhouse is a project of The Hampton Designer Showhouse Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) corporation.

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